ST. LOUIS, April 11, 2023 - High blood pressure remains a leading cause of cardiovascular disease, impacting nearly half of U.S. adults, and many people with hypertension do not have it under control. St. Louis County Library and the American Heart Association St. Louis are meeting people where they are to help improve blood pressure by making blood pressure cuffs and educational resources available for check-out.
With the help of corporate sponsor, Edward Jones, the library system will receive 100 Libraries at Heart Kits for circulation. The kits contain a blood pressure cuff, instructions on how to properly take your blood pressure, tracking information and literature about managing blood pressure. All resources are available for card-carrying library patrons.
"St. Louis County Library is thrilled to partner with the American Heart Association to bring blood pressure cuffs to our circulating collection,” said Kristen Sorth, St. Louis County Library Director & CEO. “Working with community partners allows us to develop creative ways to support our community. The partnership will increase access to health care information for our patrons.”
High blood pressure, when left untreated, is a significant contributing factor to heart attack, stroke and other health threats.
“High blood pressure is often referred to as ‘the silent killer’ because many people don’t even know they have it. Being able to monitor your blood pressure is a big step in the right direction,” said Jennifer Jaeger, American Heart Association, St. Louis executive director. “The goal of this collaboration is to help put an end to undiagnosed high blood pressure. By collaborating with St. Louis County Library, we are reaching more St. Louisans who will know their numbers and help control their risk of heart disease and stroke.”
According to the American Heart Association, a global force for healthier lives for all, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the U.S. Blood pressure numbers of less than 120/80 mm Hg are considered within the normal range. If your results fall into this category, stick with heart-healthy habits like following a balanced diet and getting regular exercise. People with elevated blood pressure are likely to develop high blood pressure unless steps are taken to control the condition.
For more information on high blood pressure and stroke, visit www.heart.org.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century.